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Section of Walnut Street to remain closed until Aug. 27

Closure was originally scheduled until next Monday.

A project map shows where Southwest Walnut Street will be closed until Aug. 27.A stretch of Southwest Walnut Street that has been closed since late last month for construction work will remain off-limits to through traffic for a couple weeks longer.

The road will be closed between Southwest 112th and 114th Avenues until Aug. 27. The closure was previously expected to last until next Monday.

A detour route for traffic has been marked along Southwest 121st Avenue, North Dakota Street, 115th Avenue, Tigard Street and Tiedeman Avenue, bypassing the section of Walnut Road where construction is taking place.

Work is being done to install a creek culvert and pipes for stormwater and sewer, which are being laid as deep as 20 feet below ground in places, according to the city of Tigard.

The Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation blamed “wetter-than-expected soil conditions” for the extended closure.

“This decision was made with the safety of the public in mind, in order to have as much road work as possible completed near the school before the beginning of the school year,” the county noted on its project website. “The contractor is being encouraged to keep the closure as short as possible and open access as soon as it is safe for the traveling public.”

Fowler Middle School is located on Walnut Street, in between 112th and Tiedeman Avenues.

The first day of classes at Fowler this fall semester will be Sept. 6 for sixth-graders, with the school year starting the following day for students in the seventh and eighth grades.

TriMet bus line 45 will likely remain on its altered route for the duration of the road closure, the county added.

The current work is part of a more extensive project to add sidewalks, bike lanes and a center turn lane, along with the utility lines, between Southwest 116th and Tiedeman Avenues. The project is set to wrap up next year, with work scheduled through next summer.